Jada Pinkett Smith just might take her “Gotham” nightclub owning character (Fish Mooney) to “Magic Mike XXL,” the sequel to the hit 2012 movie starring Channing Tatum, and based on his early days as a male stripper. If talks are fruitful, and she signs up to join the film’s cast, Pinkett will also play the owner of a club – except this time it’ll be a strip club – a role that originally was originally written for a man.
Director Gregory Jacobs has said that the sequel will be different from the first film, saying, “It’s a road trip movie, and put it this way: It’s different enough that once you see it you’ll understand why we made a sequel… No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice.”
Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello will be reprising their roles, and Jacobs noted that there are still new cast members to come.
Will any of them be played by black actors? Time will tell (see Daniel Simolke’s piece on this blog on “Magic Mike’s” diversity problem, published a year ago here).
There is the Michael Jai White/Tyson Beckford/Jean-Claude LaMarre drama “Chocolate City,” an upcoming film that will take viewers into the world of male strippers, who also happen to be black.
The first “Magic Mike” was was a hit, earning $113 million in domestic box office; a Broadway musical based on the movie is in the works.
Deadline reported the news first